Agriculture Secretary Stepping Down

By: AP
By: AP

WHITE HOUSE (AP) _ Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns is the latest member of President Bush's Cabinet to step down.

He's expected to run for the Nebraska Senate seat being vacated at the end of next year by Republican Chuck Hagel.

Bush announced Johanns' departure Thursday in a Rose Garden ceremony. He said Deputy Agriculture Secretary Charles Conner will
take over as acting secretary.

Bush said Johanns "brought focus and energy to the department" and will be "possibly serving the nation in a different capacity."

Bush says he has no doubt that Johanns "would make an outstanding member of the United States Senate."

Bush called him "a decent person, an honest person" and "a person who gets things done."


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